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Nu Wa - Man-kind is my responsibility, not yours! (Mid - Season 6)

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Smite God: Nu Wa

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Starter Notes Since we're not trying to be really agressive early on, we'll start with Lost Pendant, which gives us a nice amount of power and some MP5. The pots depends on your preference, but Nu Wa does suffer from the lack of fast mobility, which leads me to normally get 3 Healing Potions and 2 Mana Potions.

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Core Notes 10 Penetration, 145 Magical Power and 20% CDR, leading you into quite a powerful mid game.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant

Choose your Pen Notes Choose one of these Penetration items depending on the enemy team. Divine Ruin is a nice item to have if you're facing an enemy team with a lot of healing/self-healing. Obsidian Shard works well against teams who are quite tanky, and seeing that you'll probably face a Warrior and a Guardian every single match, this could be your standart. Spear of Desolation is amazing all around, and it also gives you a nice CDR boost.

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation

Damage-Oriented Notes Makes you into a glass-cannon mage, focused on dealing major damage to a specific target in the fastest way possible, betting on the raw damage from the 3 items, plus their passives, together with the penetration established earlier, to chip away large chunks of health.

Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Utility-Oriented Notes This doesn't mean you're playing support. This means you're trying to provide some additional support to your team instead of being a glass-cannon mage. Also, you might want to consider using Shoes of Focus instead of Shoes of the Magi.

Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff

Possible 7th items Notes Items that you might consider changing Shoes of the Magi for after you get Elixir of Speed. Gem of Isolation is good for creating a mobile slow-zone with Mysterious Fog. Spear of the Magus and Obsidian Shard are both good for their passives and additional damage (even if just a few decimals above Shoes of Magi). Mantle of Discord is for when you're up againts a comp that can and is trying to burst you ASAP. Think something like The Morrigan + Serqet + Xbalanque. Divine Ruin is a lovely item to go againts healers AND teams with a lot of regeneration (HP5). Bancroft's Talon insanely increases your damage and lifesteal, which can come in handy. Rod of Tahuti is a staple glass-cannon mage item, and works in almost every single damage-oriented build.

Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Relics Notes Nu Wa benefits A LOT from Purification Beads and Aegis Amulet. CC Lockdowns affect Nu Wa a lot since she doesn't have a fast escape, and she's a mage, making her quite a squishy target.

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet

Situationals Notes Some Situational items. Celestial Legion Helm is good for when you're facing a hunter in mid, or a physical-heavy composition (4+ phtsical gods). You could build her with Book of Thoth + Book of the Dead combo, but, for me, it feels like she loses some of her potential sticking to this build. Demonic Grip is useable IF you're playing a game just for fun and want to go extra fast, but your teammates will hate you. You've been warned. Stone of Fal if good especially if you're facing a Nuke-heavy mid laner ( Scylla, Poseidon, The Morrigan) and having an extra complicated time.

Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Demonic Grip Demonic Grip
Build Item Stone of Fal Stone of Fal

Nu Wa's Skill Order

Mysterious Fog

Mysterious Fog

1 X
2 15 16 18 19
Clay Soldiers

Clay Soldiers

2 A
3 6 11 12 14
Shining Metal

Shining Metal

3 B
1 4 7 8 10
Fire Shards

Fire Shards

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20
Array ( [even] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 18 [display_name] => Agni [url] => agni ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Agni]] is not a character to underestimate, with constant relevance throughout the game and high damage output with his [[Rain Fire]]. You'll want to focus on outsmarting him and communicating with your jungler about his cooldowns. If you're careless, you'll be dead and useless, but, if you pay attention, you might just overtake him and win lane hard. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 96 [display_name] => Baron Samedi [url] => baron-samedi ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => A good [[Baron Samedi]] player will keep poking you and increasing his [[Hysteria]] meter on you. Make sure you utilize your [[Mysterious Fog]] to gain a tactical advantage over him, don't sit still and be constantly weary of his potential to 100-0 you. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 92 [display_name] => Discordia [url] => discordia ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Discordia]] should be considered a Minor threat, however, if she can hit her root on you constantly, her threat levels does indeed move up to Even. Be careful with her main clear ability, by either standing in awkward positions or being stealthed by [[Mysterious Fog]]. You should win this matchup easily, but don't let her get ahead! ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 98 [display_name] => Hera [url] => hera ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Nu Wa]] doesn't have too much trouble with [[Hera]]. Be cautious of [[Argus, the Defender]], as his damage is not something to be overlooked! While in laning phase, you'll want to send out your [[Mysterious Fog]] before [[Shining Metal]], as [[Hera]] will most likely spam both of her wave clear abilities. After these are down, it's safe to use [[Shining Metal]] on the wave. ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 36 [display_name] => Isis [url] => isis ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Isis]] is the original snowball queen, and early-game conqueror. Deny her the privilege to kill you early on and you're set for a somewhat easy lane. First thing you should know is what [[Isis]] plans to do with her [[Spirit Ball]], if she uses it to clear the archers, stay clear of them until her wave clear is down. If she focuses on you, make sure to use [[Mysterious Fog]] as a counter to that. ) [5] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 54 [display_name] => Janus [url] => janus ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Janus]] is to be respected for his ability to move around in a unique way. be careful with his 2, as it does a lot of damage late game. If you coordinate well enough with your jungle, you can dominate him and, even possibly, never allow him to reach his late game. ) [6] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 59 [display_name] => Nox [url] => nox ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Nox]] is a glass cannon mage that focuses on locking down her enemy in one position and deal massive amounts of damage. Keep moving, avoid her "dead zone", and you should be treating her with respect. ) [7] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 8 [display_name] => Ra [url] => ra ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Ra]] is a formidable foe, but he crumbles when he meets [[Nu Wa]]. make sure to use your [[Clay Soldiers]] after he uses his main clear, or else he'll one shot them, making it useless. Except that, make sure to poke him and to use [[Mysterious Fog]] to make sure he's healing is reduced. [[Divine Ruin]] is also a must to get as early as possible. ) [8] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 70 [display_name] => Sol [url] => sol ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Sol]] is best known for her insane release, and she's strong to this day. Make sure to stay clear of her wave clear and you should be mostly fine. You probably won't kill her, but she most likely won't kill you as well. ) ) [minor] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 65 [display_name] => Ah Puch [url] => ah-puch ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => No mobility and pretty much low damage output until mid-late game, [[Ah Puch]] is a sitting duck for a good [[Nu Wa]], but don't get cocky! If you let him get ahead by accident, you'll doom yourself. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 6 [display_name] => Anubis [url] => anubis ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => [[Anubis]]' downfall is that he needs to root himself to apply most of his damage. [[Anubis]]' players, however, are well aware of this fact and promptly buy a lot of Lifesteal items. Get [[Divine Ruin]] as fast as possible (2nd or 3rd item) and focus on hitting your combo when he roots himself for his [[Plague of Locust]]. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 13 [display_name] => Kukulkan [url] => kukulkan ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => [[Kukulkan]] is a sitting duck for [[Nu Wa]], and you should make sure to impose your ground against him. Just don't stay in between the brutes and the archers and you should be fine, since you'll be far from his clear. ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 73 [display_name] => Raijin [url] => raijin ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => [[Raijin]] is somebody who can be quite powerful, but you overpower him drastically, and you should win this lane easily. Be careful with ultimate gank potential and you should win this lane hard. ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 50 [display_name] => Scylla [url] => scylla ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => [[Scylla]] is a character you should not take lightly. Her damage output is insane, and her movement is also something annoying to be dealt with. Make sure you hit your combos as much as possible and this matchup should actually be quite easy. ) [5] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 29 [display_name] => Vulcan [url] => vulcan ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => [[Vulcan]] is mostly annoying for his quick and constant damage. Be careful not to get caught in his main combo, and you should fare quite well against him. ) ) [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 3 [display_name] => Hades [url] => hades ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => [[Hades]] excels exactly where you don't: early safe burst damage. Stay clear from the minion wave, hit him with your basic attack and, if possible, with your combo. It's a valid and interesting strategy to level up [[Mysterious Fog]] before [[Clay Soldiers]] in this matchup. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 15 [display_name] => He Bo [url] => he-bo ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => A good [[He Bo]] player will burst you down before level 3. What should you do? Make sure he does at the level 2 gank. When he gets his first item online (which most likely it'll be [[Bancroft's Talon]]), you should respect him and stand clear from the wave until he spams his abilities. After that, you can safely use [[Shining Metal]] to clear most of the wave. You'll want to save [[Mysterious Fog]] to escape his 2nd usage of his damage abilities, as they'll most likely be aimed at you, so keep that in mind! This is a matchup that depends extremely on attention and positioning, so be careful! ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 100 [display_name] => Merlin [url] => merlin ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => [[Merlin]] is a difficult matchup. His presence alone is threatening and he should be respected at all times of the game. Take care to not get caught in his combos, and you should be able to survive this encounter. ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 31 [display_name] => Poseidon [url] => poseidon ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => [[Poseidon]] is a gigantic threat, and you should be very careful with him. Stay away from his pool and his steroid boost, and be extra careful at level 5 when he gets his ult. Besides that, you should focus on hitting him whenever possible and make sure to bully him, if possible. ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 4 [display_name] => Zeus [url] => zeus ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => [[Zeus]] isn't here to play games. His [[Detonate]] is an insane damage tool and should be taken lightly. Wait for him to use his [[Chain Lightning]] to clear wave. Also, don't try to be over aggressive with him, as we'll drop his ult on your head the moment his jungler comes for the gank. ) ) [extreme] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 84 [display_name] => The Morrigan [url] => the-morrigan ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => [[The Morrigan]] is [[Nu Wa]]'s demise. Make sure to stay clear from the minions and try to guess her position. Use your stealth to try to counter hers. She won't make this easy, but neither should you, but don't kill yourself by trying to act heroicly. ) ) [tiny] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 82 [display_name] => Thoth [url] => thoth ) [scoreVal] => 5 [notes] => [[Thoth]] is extremely weak at the moment, and should not pose a threat to you at all. But this doesn't mean that you should dive headfirst into him. Take your time to wait for his dash to be on cooldown so you can destroy him with your combo. ) ) ) 1

Nu Wa' Threats

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Minor
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Tiny
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Nu Wa' threats

~Introduction~

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Welcome to my guide for Nu Wa, Guardian of Heaven

My name is Prism. I am a Veteran and a Guide Writer on SmiteFire, who loves playing smite!

This guide uses BBCoding from BBCoding masters like Zilby, xZeroStrike, and FemFatalis, already wanting to thank them for their kindness and their friendship.

Nevertheless, let's move on to the Guardian herself, Nu Wa!


~Pros / Cons~

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Nu Wa - Pros & Cons

........ Pros ........

  • Nice wave clear
  • Really strong combo
  • Versatile Kit
  • Incredible objective pressure
  • Hitting the combo usually equals a kill
  • Can turn tides of teamfights easily
  • Global damage with Fire Shards
  • Strong presence throughout the game
....... Cons .......

  • Bad level 1-3
  • Almost useless from behind
  • Really hard to comeback

~Skills~

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ABILITIES

Nu Wa's abilities are very powerful in both the CC and damage elements, which includes a stealth, a stun and global damage threats. She has two high damaging abilities and two utility abilities, which helps her with her viability and her ability to be played in multiple roles


STRENGTH OF WOOD
Strength of Wood is a vary straightforward passive. It gives your basic attack a root by succesfully hitting it 5 times, which means that on the sixth basic attack, the root will take place


This ability can not be leveled, and is active at all times.


MYSTERIOUS FOG




#1
Mysterious Fog is an AoE projectile ability, which advances fowards for 6s, that increases your movement speed and stealths you, and applies an initial damage and a DOT each second an enemy stays within the AoE


This ability should be leveled second, after Shining Metal and before Clay Soldiers


Use this ability for the following circumstances:

- Zone out enemies / slow them with Gem of Isolation.
- Getaway and Chase
- Clear Wave with Shining Metal.

CLAY SOLDIERS




#2
Clay Soldiers is a ability thatsummons up to three soldiers constructed from clay, that chase after marked enemies and decrease their magical protection, and when used in unison with her third ability, they break and create an AoE stun that applies high amounts of damage.(


This ability should be leveled third, after Mysterious Fog and before Fire Shards


Use this ability for the following circumstances:

- Aggress on enemies.
- Start your combo to deal massive damage
- Remove backdoor protections from towers.


SHINING METAL




#3
Shining Metal is an projectile ability, which deals a considerable high amount of damage, that increases if you use it together with her second ability


This ability should be first


Use this ability for the following circumstances:

- Clear the Wave.
- Poke the enemies
- Apply major damage with her second ability.


FIRE SHARDS




#4
Fire Shards is a global ultimate that applies damage, to every enemy currently alive, and also reveals their location for you entire team during it's casting


This ability should receive a point at level 5, after that, you should level it whenever possible


Use this ability for the following circumstances:

- Reveal the enemy position on the map
- Secure kills
- Deal a considerable amount of damage before a teamfight
- Temporarely make yourself CC and Damage Immune

~Items~

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Core item #1 - Power / Penetration / Movement
Shoes of the Magi is the first core item. It gives +55 Magical power, 10 Penetration and +18% Movement speed.
These are the boots you'll always want to pick when playing Nu Wa. The penetration it provides allows you to punish your enemies harder and clear faster, which is quite an important thing to do. It also gives you some power and movement speed, which makes you more capable during combat situations as well as making it easier to escape.

Core item #2 - Power / MP5 / CDR / Passive
Chronos' Pendant is the second core item. It gives +90 Magical Power, +20 MP5, +20% Cooldown Reduction and a Passive that decreases by 1 second all your cooldowns each 10 seconds.
Nu Wa plays best with some cooldown, since her playstyle is heavily focused on using her combo to deal major damage. The damage it provides garantees you apply a good amount of damage heading into mid game. It also gives you some MP5 and CDR, which helps with the idea of spamming combos for maximun amount of damage/CC/efficiency.

Penetration Option #1 - Power / Penetration / Passive
Divine Ruin is the first possible penetration item. It gives +80 Magical Power, +15 Penetration and a passive that makes her enemies heal less efficiently.
Nu Wa benefits from the sheer power and passive this item gives her, the power helps her stay on board with late-game damage, the Penetration allows her to melt enemies faster, coupled with the passive that allows her to negate a big part of the enemy healing it really helps her continue path towards the guardianship of Heaven.

Penetration Option #2 - Power / Passive
Obsidian Shard is the second possible penetration item. It gives +70 Magical Power and a passive that ignores part of her enemies' magical protections.
Nu Wa benefits from the sheer power and passive this item gives her, the power helps her stay on board with most magical damage dealers and the passive allows her to negate a big part of the enemies' effort to avoid her damage, and it really helps her to apply massive amounts of damages with her combos and ultimate.

Penetration Option #3 - Power / Penetration / CDR / Passive
Spear of Desolation is the third possible penetration item. It gives +100 Magical Power, +15 Penetration, +10% CDR and a passive, that decreases your cooldowns each time you get an assist or kill.
Nu Wa is her best self when she plays with a lot of damage and CDR, and since her playstyle is heavily focused on using her abilities together. The power it provides allows you to decimate enemies faster. You need this since Nu Wa can be relatively weak, depending in the player's ability to hit her combos correctly. It also gives you some Penetration and CDR, coupled with it's passive, the item is almost a no brainer.

Damage-Oriented #1 - Power / Health / Lifesteal / CDR / Passive
Soul Gem is the first damage-oriented item. It gives +65 Magical Power, +150 Health, +12% Lifesteal, 10% Cooldown Reduction and a passive that increases Magical Damage and heals after hitting abilities.
Nu Wa benefits from the huge increase in power from this item's base stat and the passive's stat. The power it provides allows you to be more significant in battle. You need this since Nu Wa can be relatively weak without power. It also gives you some Health and Lifesteal, which helps you in sustainability, and this can help a lot, and the Cooldown Reduction allows you to apply your damage more often. Lastly, this item's passive is a huge spike in power for your abilities, while also healing, which is quite an interesting ability for such an item to have, and it greatly benefits Nu Wa

Damage-Oriented #2 - Power / Mana / Passive
Soul Reaver is the second damage-oriented item. It gives +130 Magical Power, +300 Mana, and apassive that makes your abilities do extra damage.
Nu Wa benefits from the multiple stats this item gives her, the power makes her more dangerous, the Mana allows her to use more abilities, coupled with the passive that allows her to deal a percentage of the target's health as extra damage which really helps her become a power house to be reckoned with in the transition from mid to late game.

Damage-Oriented #3 - Power / MP5 / Passive
Rod of Tahuti is the third damage-oriented item. It gives +150 Magical Power, +30 MP5 and a passive that makes her even more deadly againts low-health targets.
Nu Wa benefits from the sheer power and passive this item gives her, the power puts the nail in the coffin for her enemies, which means it increases her overall damage, the MP5 allows her to stay in teamfights longer, coupled with the passive that allows her to finish off low health enemies really helps her continue path towards maximun destruction and guardianship of Heaven.

Utility-Oriented #1 - Power / Lifesteal/ CDR / Health / Passive
Pythagorem's Piece is the first utility-oriented item. It gives +40 Magical Power, 12% Lifesteal, +10% Cooldown Reduction, +200 Health and an AoE Passive that increases your team's power and lifesteal, according to their damage types..
Nu Wa plays well with more hybrid items, since she isn't the best burst damage in the game, and her playstyle is heavily focused on using her combo to deal major damage. The power it provides garantees you apply a good amount of damage heading into late game. It also gives you some Lifesteal, Health and CDR, which helps with the idea of spamming combos for maximun amount of damage/CC/efficiency and staying in the fight for longer, and the passive makes sure you team is more threatening.

Utility-Oriented #2 - Power / Health / CCR / Passive
Gem of Isolation is the second utility-oriented item. It gives +90 Magical Power, +200 Health, +10% CCR and a passive, that slows enemies everytime you hit them with your abilities.
Nu Wa is amazing with this item, which gives her a more reliable form of CC, especially when utilized with her Mysterious Fog. The power it provides allows you to decimate enemies faster. You need this since Nu Wa can be relatively weak, depending in the player's ability to hit her combos correctly. It also gives you some Health and CCR, coupled with it's passive, the item is a must for more supportive players.

Utility-Oriented #3 - Power / Health / CCR / Passive
Ethereal Staff is the third Utitlity-oriented item. It gives +90 Magical Power, +200 Health, 20% Crowd Control Reduction and a passive that steals health and mana from her enemies.
Nu Wa benefits from the sheer power and passive this item gives her, the power helps her stay on board with late-game damage, the Health and CCR allows her to Survive better against burst and CC-Lockdowns, coupled with the passive that allows her to greatly increase her health and mana pool, it really helps her be the fearsome force she was born to be.

~Relics~

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Relic #1
Purification Beads is a relic. It gives CC Immunity for 2 seconds and, when upgraded, the cooldown is decreased by 30 seconds.
Nu Wa benefits from this in multiple ways. It allows her to escape a CC lockdown, while also being able to escape some Executes or Banish ultimates, which not only is small victory because you made the enemy waste a precious ult, but you saved yourself in the process. Overall, this is an amazing relic that, when used correctly, can completely favor the team fight in your way, however, it's mostly used defensively.

Relic #2
Aegis Amulet is a relic. It gives her Damage Immunity for 2 seconds and, when upgraded, the cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds.
Nu Wa benefits from this in multiple ways. It allows her to survive burst damage, while also being able to escape some Execute ultimates, which not only is small victory because you made the enemy waste a precious ult, but you saved yourself in the process. Overall, this is an amazing relic that, when used correctly, can completely favor the team fight in your way, however, it's mostly used defensively.

~Combos~

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Combo #1 "Iconic"
>>>>> >>>>>
This combo is one that you'll use the most. Close in to the enemy either by walking or by rooting them with Strength of Wood, and then use Clay Soldiers for the combo setup, then proceed to use Shining Metal to apply the stun and major damage from the minion explosion. Use Mysterious Fog to either apply damage and ticking damage to attempt to finish off the enemy, or to walk away faster.
Combo #2 "Not Today"
>>>>> >>>>> >>>>>
This combo is one that you'll use the most when trying to survive. Use your main combo ( Clay Soldiers + Shining Metal) to try to stun the enemy, if these abilities are up. Next, either use Mysterious Fog to try to farther the gap, and then only use Fire Shards if they get too close again, or use Fire Shards first if they keep coming/your stun wasn't up, look for a direction they enemmy team is not covering and proceed to use Mysterious Fog to try to get away.

~Summary~

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This was my guide for Nu Wa, Guardian of Heaven
Nu Wa is, by far, one of the most unique mages of this game. With solo and jungle potential, Nu Wa is pretty versatile for a lot of stuff, from Split Pushing to changing the fate of a enemy/ally. If you are going againts a Nu Wa, be on your feet. If you are Nu Wa, prepare to save the Heavens and fulfill your role as Guardian of Heaven.

~Other Guides~

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All of my other guides, awaiting your review ! Go check 'em out !

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~Updates~

07-18-15 ~ Added that Mysterious Fog and Shining Metal can go through walls.
09-25-15 ~ Special Thanks Tab and Auto-Attack Build correction.
10-25-15 ~ Corrected old information.
11-03-15 ~ Shadow of Olympus Patch, Added Other Guides tab.
11-06-15 ~ Spelling adaptation
11-27-15 ~ The Black Friday Update
01-01-16 ~ No Update, just making it still Up-To-Date
03-03-16 ~ S3 UPDATE YAY !
04~02~16 ~ No real update, just to make it Up-To-Date
04~30~16 ~ Updated missing BBCoding
07-10-16 ~ General Update
07~16~16 ~ Solo Aphro Guide Advertasing
09~11~16 ~ Guide Update
10~20~16 ~ Guide Update #Yay
12~03~16 ~ Guide BBCoding Update !
04~30~19 ~ Guide Update for Season 6! Major BBCoding rework and build update!
05~05~19 ~ Build update for a more efficient version, disregarding the "Baby-Steps" build that was proposed prior.
~Thx to Zilby for he's BBCoding.

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Branmuffin17 (271) | May 2, 2019 11:14am
Prism, you whined about me commenting on EVERYONE else's build, so I'm here just to shut you up. XD Lova ya Pris.
  • Firstly, I don't like Nu Wa. I'll just get that out there. Sorry if that breaks your heart. She gets way too many skins, when true beauties like Zhong Kui get mostly ignored. This has to stop.

  • *respons*i*bility. I'm surprised Techno didn't point this one out. If you want to further adjust the title, you don't actually need a hyphen in between man and kind. Mankind.

  • I might rename the "support oriented" to "utility oriented." Using the word Support makes me THINK about Supports, and makes you have to explain that you don't mean to be a Support in the notes.

  • I'm with the others on the Soul Gem thing. I will never talk **** on Pythagorem's Piece and it's not a bad item, but I think the greater potential is from SG in her case.

  • I'm fine with the core for the most part, but where you add in Divine Ruin into the "support" list as item #6 (at least that's how I read it), I feel that Divine would be an option in the 3rd slot...meaning Deso isn't really core. Core would be some kind of pen item perhaps, but more depending on need.

  • I'm also with the others on Bancroft's...still think SG might be better here. You're not looking to box the enemy. I'm fine with it being an option, but being a fixed option in the "damage" items #4-6 isn't what I'd typically suggest.

  • Is Demonic Grip really an option for her? I didn't know. I mean I guess I can see it being a niche technique while hiding in your fog and utilizing her passive.

  • You might consider increasing the width of the columns in your pros/cons section, and making the first blank column much thinner. In addition, after the cons list, enter a bunch of extra lines before closing the columns so you can make the headers even.

  • Instead of just listing "clay soldiers" as a pro, I'd talk more about good objective pressure.

  • Some really nice coding throughout. Looks pretty.
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | May 5, 2019 10:15am
Hey bran, thank you for the feedback like always!

I did some alterations to the guide, and would like to see what you think! I didn't do the pros and cons BBCoding reevaluation cuz I had some problems while trying to tinker with this preset on one of my private BBCoding-Testing builds. so maybe expect that later!
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Branmuffin17 (271) | May 5, 2019 4:14pm
I can make the adjustments for you if you'd like; just send me the code.

The builds look good. I will say, if you can, it's good to give some more precise direction about when you'd want to build certain items. Generally, for example, Obsidian Shard would be something you'd build in the 4-7 slot, while Divine is typically picked up 3-4, and Deso is picked up anytime. Things like that.
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boogiebass (33) | May 5, 2019 11:18am
Where's my thanks?
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boogiebass (33) | May 2, 2019 11:31am
Branmuffin17 wrote:
Is Demonic Grip really an option for her? I didn't know. I mean I guess I can see it being a niche technique while hiding in your fog and utilizing her passive.

Ugh. Did you even read the guide?! He clearly says he put that in there as a joke.
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Branmuffin17 (271) | May 2, 2019 12:01pm
I didn't read the entire thing. I skimmed the items. It WOULD be an interesting feature to keep her dealing damage when her main combo is down =P
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Kriega1 (72) | May 1, 2019 12:56pm
Why is Obsidian Shard listed as a boots replacement only?
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | May 1, 2019 8:38pm
Possible 7th Items and Situationals are pretty much the same thing, but I wanted to make sure some items received more attention then others, that's why I placed Obsidian Shard on Possible 7th Item, so it would seem that I would prefer those items to replace anything in the build over Situationals. If you think that's not clear, I can update by putting it on Situationals as well.
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Kriega1 (72) | May 2, 2019 3:47am
If you think that's not clear, I can update by putting it on Situationals as well.


I think that would be better yes, but even then in most games you're probably going to build it that I wouldn't consider it situational, and more say... core.
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boogiebass (33) | May 1, 2019 1:06pm
Hmmm... i see gem of iso, spear of magus, obsidian, and mantle and divine ruin as boots replacement. Where are youlooking?
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Kriega1 (72) | May 1, 2019 1:09pm
Kriega1 wrote:
Why is Obsidian Shard listed as a boots replacement only?

boogiebass wrote:
Hmmm... i see gem of iso, spear of magus, OBSIDIAN

boogiebass wrote:
Where are you looking?


Good question, only im going to ask you the same thing, where are YOU looking? Because it doesen't seem that you look at your own comments.

Because where I was looking, it says "Possible 7th Items" aka Boots replacement, where Obsidian is listed.
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Vini_sds (8) | April 30, 2019 11:20pm
Hey Pris.

I love Nu Wa! She's probably my safest mid, because her abilities are easy to confirm and her ult allows you to steal kills help other lanes without the need to actually be there.

I have two questions/propositions to make.

1. On the Damage Oriented items, I'd replace Bancroft's Talon with Soul Gem. Not only it provides CDR, but it boosts Fire Shards' damage when fully stacked, so I think its a superior option than Bancroft's.

2. On the Support Oriented items, I'd suggest to replace Divine Ruin with Ethereal Staff. I understand the concept behind getting Divine, since applying a global anti-heal is really helpful, but not always needed. I also think Divine Ruin should replace Spear of Desolation in the situations where it should be built.

Thoughts?
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | May 1, 2019 7:58am
Hey Vini!

• I find it hard for me to replace Bancroft's Talon for Soul Gem for Nu Wa, but don't get me wrong, I think Soul Gem is an amazing item on some mages (like Poseidon) but I think it also creates a hesitation on the player to not "waste it" on an ability that isn't Fire Shards or Shining Metal, and I didn't want to create said hesitation for newer players/new Nu Wa players.

• Healing reduction affects all forms of Healing (Hp5, Lifesteal, ability heal, etc.) and therefore is helpful in every match. I did write on the guide that, if you are facing an enemy team with a major healing factor, Divine Ruin should be bought 3rd item, replacing Spear of Desolation. While e-staff is cool and helpful, I didn't have good experiences with it on my play testing, but it coul be a mention for 7th item
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Kriega1 (72) | May 1, 2019 12:54pm
" but I think it also creates a hesitation on the player to not "waste it" on an ability that isn't Fire Shards or Shining Metal, and I didn't want to create said hesitation for newer players/new Nu Wa players." - Or they could just save the passive proc and ult before/ at the start of a teamfight lategame. Also im not sure how you can "waste" a Soul Gem proc because it adds upfront burst to any damaging ability.
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Kriega1 (72) | May 1, 2019 6:15am
If you’re building Divine it should be earlier in the build not 6th/7th item
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boogiebass (33) | April 30, 2019 11:15pm
Is soul gem good on Nu Wa instead of brancroft? Does it double proc with reaver?
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Kriega1 (72) | May 1, 2019 6:13am
Yeah I heavily prefer Soul Gem on Nu Wa. Also works nice with Tahuti and Reaver on her ult
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Gulfwulf (55) | May 1, 2019 11:40am
Same. I can understand Pris' reasoning behind choosing bancroft's, but I don't think it's applicable.
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Vini_sds (8) | April 30, 2019 11:21pm
Yes.
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boogiebass (33) | April 30, 2019 9:03pm
Nice guide
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | May 5, 2019 11:54am
thx m8
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xmysterionz (39) | May 2, 2019 12:44pm
Nice guide
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | April 30, 2019 8:54pm
Comment below are from Season 3, comments above refer to Season 6.
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SkitchVehemence | November 14, 2016 2:24pm
I've been playing Nu Wa for quite some time now. She is probably my favorite god to run. Most of the time I've played her as a support. Simply her stun combo is effective for shutting down enemies and fog helps for getting out of sticky situations. Also fog is exceptionally helpful for the gank, if you have a Loki or Kali that can use it properly. Recently, as in the past week, I've started using Nu Wa as a mid. Your guide has been very helpful for that, great stuff here!
I've seen other guides recommend the Book of Thoth/Warlock's Sash combo, it gives you a little more sustain in the long run. I personally always go with Book of Thoth because it grows as the game progresses and makes your late game devastating.

For my final I run:
Shoes of the Magi
Book of Thoth (get it early)
Chronos' Pendant
Soul Reaver
Rod of Tahuti
Spear of Desolation

My purchase order does vary based on how well the game is going. I've been able to "one hit" most gods with the Clay Soldiers/Shining Metal combo in late game and the Fire Shards changes the scales of a fight pretty quickly. I also find it best to prioritize that combo early, by maxing out Clay Soldiers then Shining Metal. I guess if I were to ask any question here, aside from give you props on a well written guide, it would be this, how do you feel about utilizing her Fire Shards to secure assists from mid and support positions? On one hand, more xp and money in your pocket, on the other hand it gives your team that added bonus of damage when they need it, or dont. Even at level 5, an extra 100+ damage helps, even secures that "one that got away." Its a strategy I utilize while running mid, also it helps the utility aspect of Nu Wa.
Also even in mid do you find yourself getting an immense amount of assists as compared to kills? I've read in other guides that she is the ultimate team player. That ult attests to that. Well thanks for all the help. Happy Smiting!
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | November 14, 2016 2:37pm
Hello Skitch ! First of all, thank you for your comment :)

Secondly, I see Fire Shards has a more utility ult than anything. While playing Mid, I try to use it to secure kills, and, sometimes, only to do damage, so it's a incentive for my team to be more aggresive.

However, while playing gamemodes like Grab Bag or Cooldowns Runneth Over, I use the ult more for it's Utility purpose. It reveals every enemy in the map, and it's crazy when your ult is on a 12 second cooldown, you can pretty much track your enemies no stop !

Anyway, Hope I helped ! Also your build is not half bad ;)
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SkitchVehemence | November 14, 2016 7:51pm
Thank you for the reply! Its good to see another Nu Wa player! :]

I definitely agree with the utility purpose of Fire Shards, more than once have I saved an ally from a gank using Fire Shards. It's a beautiful ability and quite vexing to the opponent. I've seen some guides recommend it as way to escape from a gank, I've used it a few times but I try to avoid it. It can be a waste of an ult unless you get lucky and get a kill at the same time. Also if your team is aware they can see that you are getting ganked off of the ult drop. Those meteors are quite nice. :]

Thanks for the compliment, I know my build is all power so it obviously has some flaws. Sometimes I will alternate the Soul Reaver with Obsidian Shard, though that is rare because of the Clay Statues debuff. At the end of the day, I'm fairly new to being a mid player, I've done a lot of support and I'm trying to get better. The problem that I have is my awareness. I ward my lane though I sometimes forget that I warded. I suffer from the occasional gank because of this. I tend to be pretty aggressive in early game so the gank is inevitable. While a jungler isn't bad to defend against, a lot of teams tend to think "oh squishy Nu Wa, lets all gank her." I've seen a full team try for the gank while playing. It's a little annoying, thank goodness for Nu Wa's ability to evade. If you have any more tips on being a better Nu Wa mid or just a mid in general that would be great.
Also a final note, I don't think you have any info on going against a mid lane Sol. I would think that she would be pretty good against Nu Wa do to her '2' ability. I don't remember the name of it.
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xZeroStrike (46) | September 15, 2016 12:17pm
Don't know if it's been answerred yet, but Clay Soldiers do NOT lifesteal.

Hope to clear out some confusion with this.

Also, maybe add an "Abilities" chapter, where you could describe the abilities from Nu Wa and various combo's you could do with them?
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | September 15, 2016 5:08pm
There's literally a skill section...
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xZeroStrike (46) | September 15, 2016 11:41pm
Woops, missed that one. It is really small with the spoiler.

Sorry.
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GameGeekFan (50) | September 15, 2016 8:11pm
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | November 7, 2015 4:10pm
ThatNonPro wrote:

Thanks for the reply. Just to make sure we are on the same page, so the Clay Soldiers basic attack will activate life steal for each hit?


It should ? I dunno, if you can, go on a Practice Jungle and try it out.
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ThatNonPro | November 7, 2015 1:24pm
Thanks for the reply. Just to make sure we are on the same page, so the Clay Soldiers basic attack will activate life steal for each hit?
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | November 6, 2015 12:15pm
ThatNonPro wrote:

Does the Clay Soldiers basic attack count as Nu Wa's basic attack too? Would it activate life steal? Also, if the enemy is hit with the Clay Soldiers basic attack would it activate Gem of Isolation causing them to be slowed per hit?


1 - No it does not
2 - It should, since it's a ability, but I'm not sure.
3 - No it does not activate Gem of Isolation since it's considered a pet, meaning they don't activate passives from items ( Like Cat Call can't crit/apply Brawler's Beat Stick on a enemy. )
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ThatNonPro | November 6, 2015 10:18am
Does the Clay Soldiers basic attack count as Nu Wa's basic attack too? Would it activate life steal? Also, if the enemy is hit with the Clay Soldiers basic attack would it activate Gem of Isolation causing them to be slowed per hit?
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